Northshore Elementary School
Knox County, Tennessee
2014 Tennessee School Boards Association Elementary School of the Year
Cope Architecture provided design, project management and construction administration for a new, 1200-student, K-5 elementary school within the Northshore Town Center complex of West Knox County. The entire school is equipped with state-of-the-art computer technology and communications and is designed for security during school hours with interior access gained only through the front administrative office.
Site work included geothermal field design, widening of Thunderhead Road, and a loop road around the school, as well as parking and playground areas. Cope master planned the entire site for the elementary school and a future middle school. Particular attention was given to student safety, separating bus pick-up and car drop-off areas.
The 128,000-square-foot facility includes a gymnasium, music room, art center, and full service cafeteria, all of which are available for after hours use while keeping the remainder of the school secure. The cafeteria has a fully equipped and kitchen and the student dining area seats approximately 330 students per shift. The gymnasium has a raised stage platform and can seat up to approximately 500 people. The media center is fully outfitted with shelf storage for printed media and wired for computer information technology. The one-story design and plan configuration were based on centralizing the school's core functions (administrative offices, gym, cafeteria and media center) and providing separate wings for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Individual teaching planning areas and student toilet areas are provided for each wing. Color finishes delineate wings so the students can easily master their environment. HVAC is a geothermal system. The masonry wall structure has two colors of exterior brick veneer. Roofs are sloped membrane roofing.